Harmoniously Living with Pets and Hardwood Flooring

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Would you like to live harmoniously with Pets and Hardwood Flooring?
We are know that pets are awesome. But, do you know that over a third of Canadians own cats; and another full third own dogs, small mammals, birds, and reptiles are also popular.  As a culture, we love our pets, but unfortunately our animal companions can be hard on our Hardwood Flooring.  In this blog, we’re going to try and help our Albertan customers strike the balance between their Hardwood Floors and their Pets.

Potty Training your Pet with Hardwood Flooring

If you have a free range pet and want to keep your hardwood floors in good condition, the first thing you’ll need to do is teach them where they can do their *ahem* business. Water damage is one of the worst things that can happen to your floor, so pet-accidents need to be minimized in order to protect the wood.

Cat owners will have an easier time with this since their pets learn to use litter boxes quite easily. Rabbits and guinea pigs are trickier to litter box train and should probably be kept off of the hardwood entirely (since they also enjoy chewing wood). As for dogs, learning to do their doggy-duties outdoors is just part of growing up.

In the meantime, don’t allow your animal on your hardwood. Keep them on tile or laminate until you trust them not to have an accident. If that’s not an option, use a combination of frequent outdoor trips, kennel training, and pee-pads or newspaper. You might find it easier to train your animal in the summer since you’ll be able to spend so much time outdoors.

Claws and Nails.

This problem is mostly for the owners of large, active dogs. While smaller dogs and cats will occasionally scratch floors, anything smaller than a toy poodle is likely too light to do any real damage.

The best thing you can do is prevent marks before they happen. If you stay on top of your pet’s nail care, there will be less opportunity for damage. You should also be mindful of which activities are “inside games” and which are “outside games.” For example, don’t play chase or wrestle on the hardwood. Try to play fetch at the park rather than from the couch.

Finally, choose your hardwood well. Light coloured woods with a fair amount of graining simply hide dents and scratches better than dark stained floors and floors with little graining. Opting for handscraped floors can also help to hide any marks or pet damage.

Hardwood is a beautiful and versatile flooring that brings warmth and class to your home. Pets are wonderful and funny critters that make us smile. It makes sense that Canadians want the best of both, and with a little effort, it is possible to balance both pets and hardwood flooring. If you have any questions on flooring and what floors are best for pet owners, come into the Timbertown nearest you today!